Beth Tfiloh senior lacrosse standout Alison Krieger had a good idea what she was looking for in a college, and Lafayette immediately hit the mark.
She found a general closeness and kindness from everybody at the private school in Easton, Pennsylvania, a place where professors invited students over for dinner and went out of their way to conduct study groups.
For Krieger, it sounded comfortably familiar.
“Everything they said made me think Beth Tfiloh and I just wanted that so bad because the family and connection here is something that is hard to replicate,” she said. “So as soon as I heard all that I was like that’s what makes me want to go there even more. But that is definitely something very special about BT that you don’t get at other places, we really are a family.”
On Nov. 11, Krieger became the fourth Beth Tfiloh student-athlete to sign to play at a Division I school — Mia Rosen (American, lacrosse), Liz Hoffman (George Washington, lacrosse), Nolan Plant (Indiana, swimming) were the first three — and her commitment was only the start of the celebration at the tiny Jewish private school in Pikesville.
For the first time since the school added high school grades in 1986, the athletic program produced five student-athletes who will continue their playing careers in college.
In addition to Krieger, the following seniors have committed to play at Division III schools: Marissa Ross (Fairleigh Dickinson, lacrosse), Drew Goldscheider (St. Mary’s College of Maryland, lacrosse), Brady Palmer (Eastern University, lacrosse) and Emily Feldman (Adrian College, synchronized skating).
The school celebrated the unprecedented occasion with a signing day ceremony that included words of thanks from each of the student-athletes and video messages of encouragement from their respective coaches.
“Beth Tfiloh is unique because our athletic department does not focus on producing college athletes, but rather on infusing our student-athletes with the values that are the core of a BT education,” athletic director Stacy Fuld said. “So what’s really significant about this year’s class is that they were successful in producing five quality young Jewish men and women who also achieved recognition in their sports and they earned spots in college programs. That’s what makes BT and these student-athletes really special.”
Beth Tfiloh serves preschool through grade 12 with 865 students currently enrolled — 310 in high school with 86 from the 2021 graduating class.
The Warriors compete in the C divisions of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland. Many of the student-athletes play three sports, and like Krieger, who also runs cross country and plays basketball, get the chance to play on the varsity team as freshmen.
For Goldscheider, who also plays soccer and basketball in addition to his top sport of lacrosse, being part of the milestone signing ceremony made him proud.
“It was really nice because in past years we’d have like one kid go play lacrosse or swimming or tennis or something,” he said. “It’s never been five kids in a class all committed to play athletics in college, so it was really nice, really cool to see that. It’s really nice to be a part of that and to see my fellow classmates — we’ve all put in a lot of hard work these past few years and it’s paid off.”
When asked what has made her athletic experience special at Beth Tfiloh, Krieger didn’t hesitate in saying it was the people she was surrounded by. From the coaches to the upperclassmen when she was a freshman to the four other seniors who were seated for the ceremony among the rest, it’s one happy family.
“I definitely got to learn things that were unique to BT. I learned what it meant to be a good teammate and to get close to my coaches. It’s been a fun experience,” she said.
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Fuld said the program is expected to have more to celebrate in December when a sixth student-athlete — tennis player Shoshi Dondes — hopes to commit to Division III Gettysburg.